Daniel J. Fox
Daniel J. Fox
Board Secretary/Business Manager
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Covid-19 Parent Information
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced by an infected person. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from none to mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
East Buchanan Schools will be adhering to the guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health when evaluating ill students in the nurses’ office. The Guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health is as follows:
Students who have ANY high-risk symptom OR two or more low risk symptoms should not be in school (for a minimum of 10 days) and are advised to seek an evaluation by a health care provider.
HIGH RISK SYMPTOMS
- New Cough
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste/smell
LOW RISK SYMPTOMS
- Sore Throat
- Muscle/Body aches
- Runny Nose
STUDENTS MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL WHEN:
Situation 1: If child is NOT evaluated by a healthcare provider:
- At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared AND
- They have had no fever for at least 24 hours (that is ONE full day without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
- Their other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved)
Situation 2: If a child is evaluated by a healthcare provider and the provider determines the following
- Negative COVID-19 TEST – Students may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND symptoms improving.(Physician’s not is required).
- Alternative Diagnosis – Students may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND symptoms improving (Physician’s not is required)
- Positive COVID-19 Test – Return to school 24 hours with no fever (ONE full day without fever reducing medications, AND symptoms improving, AND 10 days since the symptoms started.
IDENTIFYING CLOSE CONTACTS FOR COVID 19
Students who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual (within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes) will need to stay home and quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. (Examples: mother, father, siblings, someone at work, church, school, sports activities, etc.)
- If NO symptoms develop, students can return to school 14 days from their last contact with the COVID-19 positive individual
- If symptoms develop, students should be evaluated by a health care provider
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for 10 days
- If a student tests negative for COVID-19, they must still complete their 14-day quarantine before returning to school.
- Individuals who have previously diagnosed Positive for COVID-19 within the past 12 weeks, and were exposed to a COVID-19 case, do not need to quarantine.
Daniel J. Fox, Superintendent/Elementary Principal
Eric Dockstader, Secondary Principal
Tracy Klendworth, School Nurse, RN, BSN
- Student feels unwell in the classroom
- Teacher makes sure student is wearing a mask and sends them to the health room
- Nurse takes student’s temperature and does screening for symptoms
- Student has a fever of 100 or higher and/or other symptoms
- Nurse isolates student
- Parent/guardian is called to come pick up their student
- Parent/guardian has option of student to get tested
- TEST IS NEGATIVE
- Student can go back to school Once no symptoms and fever free for 24 hours without medicine
- IF PARENT CHOOSES NOT TO GET STUDENT TESTED – STUDENT CAN COME BACK TO SCHOOL ONCE NO SYMPTOMS AND FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT MEDICATIONS, AND AFTER QUARANTINED 14 DAYS.
- TEST IS POSITIVE
- Public health is notified
- District is notified by public health or by parent
- District works with public health on contact tracing (Other students may be quarantined from exposure for 14 days)
- Student must remain out of school for 10 days, day 1 being the day symptoms begin
- TEST IS NEGATIVE
DECISION TREE FOR PEOPLE WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
- For people (e.g., students, teachers, or staff) who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, stay home.
- New onset cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of sense of smell or taste by themselves OR at least 2 of the following: fever, (100 or higher), fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
MOST COMMON COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
- Dry Cough
- Difficulty Breathing
- Sore Throat
- Loss of taste
- Pneumonia in both lungs
For people who received a laboratory test for COVID-19
POSITIVE TEST RESULT
Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days.
NEGATIVE TEST RESULT
Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members also stay home until Negative test results and symptom free.
For people with a COVID-19 diagnosis without a lab test or with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 without medical evaluation (monitoring symptoms at home)
Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without medication AND improvement of other symptoms.
Siblings and household members need to stay home for 14 days.
For people with other diagnoses (e.g., norovirus, strep throat) that explain the symptoms, or when a health care provider says symptoms are connected to a preexisting condition
Stay home until symptoms have improved. If symptoms related to a preexisting condition change or worsen, talk to a heath care provider to determine next steps. Siblings and household members do not need to stay home.
The East Buchanan Community School District will work with the Public Health to alert any families if a student has had prolonged contact with a positive case.
School Message to Parent/Guardian
The East Buchanan Community School has been notified of a possible positive case of COVID-19; however, this information is protected by law through HIPAA. The District and Public Health are conducting contract tracing and will advise parents/guardians by phone call and letter if their student had prolonged contact with a positive case.
- Staff member test positive for COVID-19
- Staff member alerts administration of positive test
- Administration alerts District regarding positive test
- Public Health is notified
- District works with public health on contact tracing
- Staff must remain out of school for 10 days, 1 being the day symptoms begin
- Public health will alert any person(s) or families that need to self-isolate due to prolonged contact with positive case if the staff member is a teacher, a substitute will be called to fill-in during time of self-isolation.